Petrosinella by Diane Stanley
A Neopolitan Rapunzel (Picture Puffins)

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Predating the Grimm fairy tale Rapunzel by nearly 200 years, Petrosinella contains some exciting differences, as the imprisoned heroine uses both her wits and magic to outsmart her captor and live happily ever after. Watercolor and colored ink illustrations.
 

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Diane Stanley was born in 1943 and was raised in Abilene, Texas. She later attended both Trinity University and Johns Hopkins University. Her portfolio of children's book illustrations was creative enough for her to begin publication in 1978. She became an art director for G.P. Putnam & Sons and later began retelling and illustrating classic children's books. Stanley has revamped the fairy tale, Rumpelstiltskin's Daughter and has also researched the children's biographies Cleopatra and Leonardo Da Vinci. She also illustrated her mother's book, The Last Princess.
 
Published May 1, 1995 by Dial. 32 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Political & Social Sciences, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Parsley (Petrosinella) is forcibly abducted by an ogress, and years later takes an active role in making her escape, using three magic acorns to throw off pursuit.

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Stanley's retelling of this classic Italian folktale, which predates the Brothers Grimm version, comes to life with stylish paintings. Ages 4-8. (Dec.)

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Stanley's retelling of this classic Italian folktale, which predates the Brothers Grimm version, comes to life with stylish paintings.

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At Dial, meanwhile, a classic fairytale retains its artwork but receives a new telling--Diane Stanley's stylish paintings continue to grace Petrosinella: A Neapolitan Rapunzel, but now her own narrative spin replaces John Edward Taylor's 1847 translation, used in the book's 1981 publication ($14....

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